It was a little chilly this morning down at Tredegar House but that didn't put off 442 runners from turning up and pushing themselves at a PB-tastic Newport parkrun event number 261.
As it was the first Saturday in the month, it was our pacer week and we had pacer volunteers from Caerleon RC and Lliswerry Runners to guide our parkrunners around the winter course all the way from 21 to 44 minutes. This seemed to work well for many of you with a fantastic 127 PBs achieved this... morning - huge thank you to our pacers and a huge congratulations to everyone who got a Personal Best this morning!
There were a number of milestones achieved this week including Chris Walton and Elinor Phillips who both reached their 50th parkrun today (Elinor should probably have passed this milestone a long time ago but kept leaving her barcode at home!)
Angela Potter-Collins reaches her 25th volunteering milestone today, thank you and congratulations Angela!
Elinor is also celebrating reaching the 25 volunteering milestone today combining both roles by volunteering as 31 min pacer.
Congratulations also to Mani who recently reached his 100th parkrun milestone - another fantastic achievement!
Thank you to all of our 40 volunteers today for setting up, organising and packing away another slickly run event. It's testament to such a well run and well organised event that the 'average runner' doesn't understand or appreciate quite how much work goes into each and every event both on the morning but before and after also. If you'd like to get an idea of what is done each week to enable you to run then please put your name down to volunteer, we'd love to show you the ropes and would love to start you off on your journey to your 25 volunteer milestone like Elinor above and many before her! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer, as just like Merve announced this morning when introducing our pacers - if it wasn't for our volunteers there would be no parkrun at all!
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Paul ADAMS, Mark ALFORD, Trefor BEESE, Kevin Charles BOOTH, Robert Charles BROWN, Ailsa BURRIDGE, Tracy COOPER, Susie CREASEY, Ruby DAVIES, Nick DAVIES, Tomas FORSEY, Luke GAWTHORN, Brad GOODFELLOW, Christopher HILL, Stephen HOUGHTON, Nick JACKSON, Ian MACRORY, Roni MARGERISON, Howard Charles MASON, Aisling MORGAN, Chris MORRIS, Peter OLIVIER, Elinor PHILLIPS, Diane POTTER, Angela POTTER-COLLINS, Nick PRINGLE, Alison SHEEDY, Sarah SWART, Simon TANG, Miles THOMAS, Michael TITLEY, Jeff UNSWORTH, Carl URQUHART, Chris WATKINS, Mervyn WEIGHTMAN-BENT, Lloyd WILLIAMS, Carys WILLIAMS, Moira WOOLES, Marina WRIGHT and Tim WRIGHT